Posted on February 14, 2016 in Happiness ProjectWhen someone fills out an application to volunteer as a Crossroads Hospice Ultimate Giver, they include a few notes about themselves -- their talents, jobs they've had or have, and what they enjoy. Recently, we came across an application that described an applicant as a retired Vietnam War Veteran who had free time in the afternoons. With those key details, our Volunteer Manager began to work her magic, matching him with a terminally-ill Veteran in his community who could use companion visits.
Blog: Hospice Views - 2016
Posted on February 10, 2016Imagine dedicating your career to some of the most difficult moments in a person’s life. Being the one to guide patients through the progression of their illnesses, to explain to family members what it means to deal with a terminal disease, to secure resources for patients, to visit the community and advocate for the underserved. That means making a decision to care more, every day, without expecting a reward.
Posted on February 9, 2016 in Gift of a Day“All you need is love, love; love is all you need.” The Beatles song reckons that what matters in life is love, and Crossroads Hospice, after 20 years and caring for tens of thousands of patients and families, has to agree.
Posted on February 8, 2016 in Caregiving TipsSam and I met over 11 years ago. He was a musician with a local group that played for a senior Christmas party sponsored by the hospital where I worked. When Sam died a few months ago without any warning signs, my life changed instantly. Having worked in hospice for over 11 years, I know the signs. But not this time.
Posted on February 4, 2016 in Caregiving TipsAlmost anyone can enjoy birdwatching and the activity can be particularly relaxing for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. Lure more birds to your yard by making a heart-shaped bird feeder.
Posted on February 2, 2016 in Caregiving TipsThe end of life can be really difficult for those experiencing it and their family and friends, as they stand by and cope with the inevitable death of a loved one. It's confusing, it's sad and it's difficult to process, especially if it's sudden. This is the story of how one woman, Mary, quickly went from being a wife in her mid-40s to a young widow, and the lessons she learned through it all.